Thursday, 27 February 2014

So far, so good!

So the past week or so has been a bit crazy, hence the lack of blog posts I apologize!! 

I was hoping to do a week of hair related posts this week but that's not gone to plan! I had a set of hair extentions put in last Thursday, I LOVED them!! I've mentioned before about my hair falling out, but I've also got quite a sensitive scalp. So after five days of having them in, I had a reaction to them causing red, sore, itchy bumps all at the back of my head. Thankfully my hairdresser is a friend of mine so she agreed to get straight to the salon to remove them before any real damage was done. I thought it was interesting that she mentioned that when your hormones are off balance, like when it's the time of month, you scalp is more sensitive, makes total sense for me.

I'm going to try them again soon so when I do I'll do my hairs posts then. It will include pics of the extentions, products I used, daily and weekly routines in caring for the hair, and a couple of hair styles. So hopefully that will be coming soon :-/ 

On a positive note, I have managed to not buy any beauty products! Although it's killing me, and my Wishlist is growing bigger and bigger, eek! I will not go into boots!!!

On a different note, I've started a 5 day juice detox. I've done it before and it was great, I lost 7lb and I felt great, my skin felt so good after, and I had so much energy, so I'm hoping for the same again this time. If you feel the need to clear your skin, and give yourself a general boost I would highly recommend it. 

Have you ever tried a detox? What do you think of them? 

Hannah x

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Beauty Tip of the Day - Green Eyes!

So today lets look at Green Eyes. Colours to compliment green eyes are purples, plums, burgundy's and coppers. A make up artist will instantly say that purple will make the green pop the most but a deep plum colour can look sultry and effective too.

Here's how celebrities have done it...

Scarlett Johansson

Kristen Stewart - I love Kristen's eye make up here but the hair and face look greasy/oily so let's try to just focus on the gorgeous eye make up!!

Which look do you prefer?

Hannah x

Beauty Tip of the Day - Brown Eyes!

Today we are looking at Brown Eyes. You can't really go wrong with brown eyes because they are neutral you can try any colours. There are colours I prefer with brown eyes though. If you want to have more of a toned down day look bronze and peaches will work well, if you want a sultry night time look navy looks great, or if you want a pop of colour try greens or purples.

Here's some celebrities trying some different looks...

Selena Gomez

Emma Watson

Nicole Scherzinger

Kim Kardashian

Also worth a mention is Rita Ora, I've never really paid much attention to her make up before, I've always just seen red lips and bleach blonde hair but I saw a look of hers that I loved and decided to have a look for a couple more. I also thought she look a bit like Beyoncé which I've not noticed before.

What's your favourite look from these?

Hannah x

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Beauty Tip of the Day - Make Your Eyes POP!!

This week I want to discuss the right eye make up for your colour eyes, what will bring out the colour in your eyes the most. When it comes to choosing the colour for your eye shadow you want to choose a complimentary opposite on the colour wheel.

I'm not going to confuse you with the different terms etc, because when it comes to the colour wheel and choosing make up it can get quite technical, so ive done it all for you, including showing you some celebrities that do it well.

So today is Blue Eyes!

Opposite to blue on the colour wheel are browns, bronze, gold - all those kinds of colours are going to make blue eyes really stand out.

Some celebrities that do it well....

Julianne Hough

Taylor Swift

Hope this helps you ladies out there with blue eyes!
Do you look at celebrities for make up ideas to match your eyes?
Hannah x

Monday, 17 February 2014

Men's Beauty Tip Monday

Mens beauty care has been evolving with brands like Tom Ford, Clarins, LAB Series, all having their own lines design especially for men, you can find just whatever you need for everyday use or just to make yourselves look photo ready for a night out.

I think one thing that men and women alike want to achieve it that healthy looking skin.. For men though, you don't want to look or feel like you have make up on, it needs to be subtle.

You may have seen BB creams advertised mainly to the female market but today I wanted to bring to your attention BB creams that have been designed for men.

A BB cream or Blemish Balm is designed to Perfect, Protect and Correct the skin by evening out skin tones, reducing wrinkles and fine lines, minimizing oils and providing UV protection.

Anyone can use a BB cream, they come for different skin types so will find one to suit your skin. They are not hard to apply, you don't need any special tools, they are just applied as you would a moisturiser.

If you don't feel like you would go out and buy one why not see if your wife/girlfriend has one and pop a small amount in with a moisturiser you would use. A little still goes a long way.

So guys would you use one? Maybe just for a special occasion?

Hannah x

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Beauty Tip of the Day - Use What You've Got Challenge

Ok so this post isn't really a beauty tip, it's more of a challenge or goal I'm setting myself this month! My name is Hannah and I am addicted to Beauty Buys!!! I have decided after discovering some makeup products that I haven't used for a while they I don't finish anything!!!!

Exhibit A - All these foundations were all in my everyday make up bag today!!!! All 6 of them!!! All with at least half left in them, but what was I doing last night while looking through New York fashion week beauty for inspiration - looking at new foundations! I have a problem!

So I'm setting myself a challenge! No beauty buys for a month!!

I know we're half way through the month so some of you may say it's not a full challenge but starting today 12th of February and finishing 12th March (gasp!) I am not going to purchase a Lipstick, a foundation, a mascara, a moisturiser, or a balm of any description!!! Nothing!! Nada!! Niente!!!

This may be hard as I am also dieting so normally when Im craving chocolate I tend to find myself in the middle of boots with lipgloss in hand!

But no! I will not give in!! There are plenty of things I want/need, so this week on my blog I will be reminding myself of that to give me focus! 

Who's with me!?!?!?!

Hannah x

Friday, 7 February 2014

Review Friday - No.7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care

When I was on holiday last week my lips were more chapped and sore than they have been in a long time, I get chapped lips quite bad over winter anyway but with being on holiday and drinking more than I normally would, mixed with the cold weather and swimming etc my skin and lips got really dehydrated!

My lips were so sore, cracked and bright red and everything I put on them from Baby Lips to Carmex to Burts Bees didn't do a thing!

So on Saturday morning I went to Boots in search of a miracle cure - but doubting I would find one. Mooching round I didn't see anything of interest so I went to my good old No.7 skincare counter and came across this...

No.7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care 10ml/0.33Fl.Oz. £9.95 Buy here

I felt instant relief when I applied it, the smooth cream texture went straight into my lips leaving them feeling moisturised for the first time in over a week. It smells nice, you only need a really small amount, there's no wax left on the lip after, so you can go straight to applying you favourite lip colour. I use it every morning, I apply it after my  face moisturiser and allow it to smooth my lips while apply the rest of my make up, when I put on my lipstick it has left a lovely smooth base with no cracks or lines.

I will continue to use this product even when my lips aren't chapped, as a daily lip moisturiser and base.

I love it, and will be repurchasing!

Hannah x

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Get your Glow Back - Fake it!

Sometimes no matter what we do we just can't get our skin to look glowing and refreshed so sometimes we have to fake it! 

I use highlighter/illuminater almost every day to do just that!

Here's a couple of my favourites... 

One is a pink toned liquid illuminater the other is a golden toned powder. I like a liquid either under, mixed with or over my foundation, it's a really versatile product that you can use in different ways to achieve what you want for that day. I love the gold toned powder, even though it can only be used over foundation, it gives a warm healthy glow and I use that on the tops of my cheek bones nearly every day.

Both of the ones used here we're limited editions that you can't get anymore but they're are plenty on the market to choose from depending on your price range and look you like to achieve. 

The easiest to work with if your new to highlighter I think is a powder, I would say go to your nearest drugstore and play around with them on the back of your hand. If you like a more bronzed look or have a darker skin tones give the golden toned highlighters a go, or if you have fairer skin, or like pinky blush go for a pink toned highlighter. 

I was looking at the soap and glory stand (again) the other day and they have highlighters in both pink or gold tones that we're gorgeous! 

Let me know your favourite highlighter to use when you need to fake it!

Hannah x

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Beauty Tip of the Day - Get Your Glow Back - Put A Mask On!!

No I'm not telling you you should just wear an actual mask to cover your face up, I'm talking about a mask that you put on and wash off!

I like to use masks on my face and hair. I use a face mask once a week, you can make your own from different ingredients you have around the house but today I'm going to show you one that I'm loving at the moment. 

I've been trying out No.7 Energising Mask. I've used this mask twice now, and both times I was really impressed with results. It slightly tingles on the skin when you first apply it, and when you peel it off (which is a form of satisfaction in itself if you can peel it off in one go!) your left with really soft, radiant skin. Also your skin isn't left dry, you don't feel the need to apply moisturiser after, which I love.

Here's how to use it, and what it's like...

The hair mask/conditioning treatment I have been using is TRESemme Platinum Stength Deep Conditiong Treatment. I've been using this for at least 6 months now and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!! I have REALLY thin hair, that has been really temperamental for the past 2 years or so. It has been falling out by the handfuls, and as a women, our hair means a lot to us, so it's been quite upsetting. I researched several products but one day saw this on offer and decided to give it a go. 

The first time I used it I noticed my hair looked heathly and shiny, it was soft and well conditioned even after blow drying and styling. At that point I thought to myself even if that's all it does it definitely worth using. But, a couple of weeks went by and I noticed my hair had significantly stopped falling out, if not completely stopped coming out!! I thought at first that it could be a coincidence until I ran out a couple of months ago and my local drugstores and supermarkets didn't have any in. It had literally been a week and my hair was coming out all over again!! Thankfully I found some  and within a couple of days it was working again. I use a small amount everyday but I would also recommend just using it once a week to bring that natural shine and bounce back to your hair!

Trust me I wouldn't live without this product!! It's my desert island must have!! 

So now I've stopped losing hair I'm trying to find products to stimulate growth, any tips or products you guys know of please let me know! And if there's any face masks your enjoying let me know which ones.

Hannah x

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Beauty Tip of the Day - Get Your Glow Back!! Exfoliators

I'm back!!!! Wow, it feels like I haven't blogged in a while. I've been away, got some much needed rest and relaxation and now I'm back to the daily grind!

Which means my daily tips and blogs are back!! Yey!!! I've been hauling and testing products while I've been away so I've got lots to tell you about.

This week I wanted to talk about getting your glow back. 
For me there's a lot contributing to why I have lost my glow over the past 6 months -

* Poor Diet
* No Exercise - Both contributing to a 2 stone weight gain and awful skin!!!
* Weather - leaving my skin dry and dull
* Alcohol - with the December holidays, nights out and a holiday I have drank more than usual, this has contributed to me being bloated, putting weight on, and dehydrating my skin
* General everyday life

So I need a drastic change, not just to make me glow on the outside but the inside as well. What do I mean by glow? Well literally, glowing, healthy skin. I'm sure you've noticed with your own skin when your on a good diet you skin looks so good, it's healthy, nourished, make up glides on and looks perfect, but you can also glow from the inside out. For me, glowing from the inside when I'm on a good diet means I feel healthy, I'm not tired, and I'm much happier but it's the opposite when I'm feeling like I am now. 

So where do we begin, all the above has to change but as I'm changing my diet and exercise etc I've also changed my skincare routine which I'm going to talk you through over the next few days.

So the beauty tip today is to exfoliate your skin once a week.

For my face I'm using No. 7 Beautiful Skin £8.50
I have only used this once so far and I instantly loved the results, I applied it to damp skin and removed with a muslin cloth. It left my face smooth, and it didn't feel dry which is a problem I have found with some facial exfoliators. Another bonus I had the boots £5 off no.7 skincare so it was only £3.50!! Bargin!! 

For my body I'm using Soap & Glorys Pulp Friction £8.00
I have used this for about a year if not longer, it's my favourite scrub, it smells gorgeous and leaves my skin so smooth. Another great thing about this product is that it goes into a lather so you only need a small amount, so one bottle lasts for ages, great value for money. If you like to fake tan, this is a great exfoliator to prep the skin.

Hope your now one step closer to getting you glow back!

Let me know what exfoliators are you favourite at the moment! Or maybe what your doing if you've lost your glow.

Hannah x